Our Team

Our Team



Dr. Terri MacDonald is the Director of Applied Research & Innovation at Selkirk College. As the senior administrator responsible for the operations of the RDI, the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre, and faculty research, Terri provides oversight for over $2 million in research and innovation projects undertaken at Selkirk College annually. 







Sharon Stoddart has had a history of working in Chartered Accountant firms ending that career as an Insolvency Administrator with KPMG in Vancouver. Moving from the Lower Mainland to the interior, she joined the staff of Kootenay School of the Arts as the Marketing Coordinator responsible for school and program marketing, recruitment, events, alumni relations and extension programming. Sharon later spent many years as the Program Marketing Coordinator with Selkirk College’s Communications and Development Department, providing marketing support to over 70 programs within the college. Today, Sharon looks forward to new challenges with CBRDI as the Coordinator of Projects and Communications.




Lauren Rethoret – Researcher: Water; air quality; climate; infrastructure; housing; demographics; research advisory and data provision services. Lauren Rethoret is a full-time researcher with the RDI, working primarily in the environmental and economic pillars. She holds a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management (with a specialisation in land use planning) from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography (with a specialisation in globalisation, society and the environment) from Carleton University. Lauren’s research interests include community-based resource management, landscape level planning, public policy in rural areas and sustainable infrastructure management. She has worked and studied in Columbia Basin rural development issues since 2008.




Dr. Adela Tesarek Kincaid - Faculty Researcher/Instructor Adela brings expertise on rural community-based research. She holds a PhD in human geography which was based on studying various communities and their reactions to free-roaming horses. Her postdoctoral work on ecomuseums is published as a book chapter and was recognized by RCE SK, a United Nations University acknowledged Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development. Adela’s research focused on ecomuseums that are locally organized and community-driven and aim to increase our understanding of the role that citizen science, education and heritage-related activities can play in sustainable community development. Adela is a published author in the methodological area of situational analysis which she has applied to animal-based wellness programs that account for Indigenous relationships with animals. Adela is currently working on various projects that support local rural research at the Rural Development Institute (RDI) with a vibrant team that includes a number of engaged student research assistants and local partners.




David Greaves - Faculty/Research Assistant: economic development; workforce; business retention & explansion; demographics; remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), forestry innovation enhancement, GIS. David has a Bachelor's degree in Geographic Information Systems, and a diploma in Recreation, Fish, and Wildlife from Selkirk College. He has proven experience in public relations, facility management, and a unique ability to apply technology to business processes. His research interests include remote sensing, RPAS, food security, and sustainable rural development. David also serves as team support for the Rural Policy Learning Common's Natural Resource Development Network.




Jayme Jones - Faculty/Research Assistant Jayme has a passion for sustainability and engaging others to build resilient communities. She loves being in roles bringing people together to address complex issues. Her key interests are water governance and climate change, recognizing the importance of balancing the environment with economic, social, and cultural considerations. Jayme's education includes a Diploma in Integrated Environmental Planning from Selkirk College, a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Management and a Master's Degree in Environment and Management. Her master's thesis examined community action on climate change and the role of Columbia Basin Trust. Jayme has previously worked in government, industry, and non-profit sectors. She is a committed volunteer with a long history of participation on many Advisory Committees, Executives, and Boards. Some examples include the Columbia Basin Trust's Environmental Advisory Committee and the Province of BC's Columbia Basin Regional Advisory Committee (CBRAC). When Jayme is not busy with work or volunteering, you will find her skiing, crafting, singing, or exploring with her husband and two kids.


Aside from the RIC, the RDI employs a team of part-time research staff (1.6 full-time equivalents).

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